Jefferson Heights Park
Designer Christian Rushing teamed up with architect Eric Myers and Collier Construction for the open competition for the design and construction of the public pavilion in Jefferson Heights Park. Mr. Rushing’s design was chosen by a judging panel of neighborhood residents, a City engineer, representatives from the Parks and Recreation department, and Chattanooga sustainability initiative, green|spaces.
Mr. Rushing’s multi-use central plaza and pavilion design includes flexible stage configurations, restroom facilities, and areas for public meetings and movie screenings. Green features include a rainwater harvesting system that will capture and store water for irrigation and composting toilets that reduce the use of potable water and eliminate the need for sewage treatment. The pavilion construction itself will extensively use salvaged and recycled materials, as well as 100% of the existing structure on the site.
“The inspiration for the function and form of the pavilion is derived from the prism," Mr. Rushing explains. "While a prism separates light into its visible spectrum, the pavilion will serve as a type of ‘reverse prism,’ bringing the diverse residents of our neighborhoods to a common place for common recreation.”